How to Manage Your Team’s Vacation Requests Without Drama
You’re sitting at your desk, daydreaming about the vacation you’re taking next week. You’ll get to sleep in, drink fruity drinks with umbrellas in them, and use your phone for jealousy-inducing selfies, not just sending frantic work emails at all hours of the day and night. It sounds downright blissful… until your boss walks through
Everything You Need to Know About Resource Planning
A few years ago, I worked with a graphic designer named Vanessa. She was brilliant, creative, and outstanding at her job, which proved to be her undoing. Vanessa was invariably a part of our higher-stakes projects because her work was of such a high quality that she made the entire team look good. She never
An Insider’s Guide to Coworking Spaces
To many people, including fellow remote workers, coworking spaces are still uncharted territory. Many prefer to work from home or coffee shops and wonder: Why should I pay to work at a coworking space? There are so many shared offices out there – what should I look for? Where do I find coworking spaces? Which
Conflict Management Tips That Every Manager Needs to Know
Have you ever disagreed with someone about something and had to resort to conflict management? Probably once or twice, right? Disputes are happening all around us. There are so many differing opinions and beliefs across the world it’s nearly impossible to avoid conflict at all times. But even though these disagreements arise, it doesn’t mean
10 Ways to Create Group Norms in Your Office
Years ago, I worked for a company that loved calling meetings but didn’t hold good ones. One of the graphic designers always showed up 10 minutes late and saw nothing wrong with whispering to a co-worker during the middle of a presentation. The head photographer paid more attention to his cell phone than the whiteboard.
How to Use Workforce Optimization (WFO) to Get Ahead of Your Competition
As I write this blog, I’m recalling my very first corporate job. I had my own office, but it had no windows, the fluorescent lights clicked and buzzed nonstop, and every available surface was covered with piles of paperwork that probably made more sense to the previous occupant than it did to me. Toda, we’d
Workload Management: Decrease Stress and Optimize Capacity At Work
It’s 4:30 p.m. on a Friday, but the paperwork is piling up on your desk and incoming emails are creating a to-do list that will be longer than your arm by Monday. To make matters more complicated, you aren’t sure how to properly distribute this workload among your team. Who is too busy? Who isn’t?
Management Skills Every Project Manager Needs in 2021
Did you know the word MANAGEMENT is synonymous with the word DIRECTION? With each new year, every project manager should take a close look at the figurative compass of their business to ensure they are staying on the proper course. When it comes to project management, being even one degree off your path can have
How to Manage People With Different Work Styles
Work styles involve the way people interact with each other, think, and get things done. No style is better than any other style. For any team to thrive, it needs different people, ideas, and work techniques. When managers hire new team members, they have to decide if the individual’s style will work well with everyone
Why Ignoring Work Performance Will Cost You Time & Money
The department is mostly empty because everyone has gone to lunch. Your annoying co-worker is still there, though, humming loudly to the music piping through her earbuds, so you slowly cross the office floor. This time you’ll do it, you tell yourself. Kristin is a nice enough person, but she’s been coming to work an
10 Examples of Career Goals [For Job Interviews and Performance Reviews]
“Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” Anyone who has ever been in a job interview or a performance review with their manager has likely heard at least one variation of this question. And yet, many applicants and employees continue to provide dry, unsure answers due to their limited thought regarding their career goals.
How to Be a Hands-On Manager Without Micromanaging
Theodore Roosevelt once described an ideal manager as one who has the good instincts to hire the right people and enough self-restraint to keep from interfering with them while they work. That one sentence illustrates the fine line between being an attentive manager and a micromanager. If you’ve ever had a micromanaging boss, you’ll know